Fire vehicle bound for South America

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A COUNTY fire engine is preparing to set off on a 6,000-mile journey to help make communities in Paraguay safer.

The fully equipped Volvo appliance has been donated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service to the International Fire and Rescue Association – a charity which arranges for the donation and delivery of fire-fighting equipment to services in countries around the world that have few resources.

The vehicle served the public for nearly 19 years, during which time it covered all areas of the county.

Association director David Kay said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, and county residents, should be very proud that this appliance will continue to serve and save lives in a country where the volunteers, although keen and enthusiastic, are limited by lack of equipment.”

This is the sixth appliance that the county has donated to the charity.